Lessons Learned, Part 8

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I’ve gotten behind in posting installments of Lessons Learned!  I’ll give you a little synopsis of what’s happened so far, but feel free to start at the beginning and read Parts 1, 2, 3, 4 ,5 , 6 and 7 for the complete story, especially if you’re new to my blog. 🙂

Regina loved Bobby back in high school, they had a huge fight and split up before they knew she was pregnant.  When she lost the baby, she tried to get in touch with him but he never came to the hospital.  They hadn’t spoken since, until they meet up in the airport on Maui, where they’re unknowingly standing up at the same wedding.  They’ve talked some and Bobby insists he never knew about the baby, which has Reggie totally confused about her feelings for him.  He’s always called her Gina and she always called him Bobby, but their friends (Jaime and Mike from my short story  Eyes Wide Open) know them as Reggie and Rob.  

I had just finished telling my story to Jamie about losing the baby and Bobby when we were seniors in high school and how Bobby insisted he never knew I was pregnant when my cellphone vibrated. I didn’t recognize the number and debated whether or not to answer. Finally I flicked my nail across the screen and said, “Hello?”

It was Bobby. “Can we get together and do something?  Maybe just walk down the beach?  Swim, snorkel, maybe?”

“Sure, I guess,” I say. “Are we gonna do something with Mike and Jamie?”

“Yeah, I think they want to make sure we’re okay together.  You know, for the wedding.”

“Bobby, did you, uh, tell Mike the whole story?”

Silence greeted me.  “I, well, it was okay, right?  You don’t mind, do you?”

“No, I guess not…” I sigh.  I mean, I told Jamie.

He breathes out loudly. “So maybe Mike and I will just come over where you are?”

“Sure,” I say. Might as well get past any awkwardness. “Yeah, fine, I saw you at the restaurant awhile ago anyway.”

So we walk on the beach for an hour or so and after the initial awkwardness of introducing Bobby to Jamie, we’re all fine together. Everyone decides that after having a quick lunch we’ll go swimming and snorkeling down by what they call Black Rock, which is literally that, a protrusion of black lava rock out into the ocean that we hear is a great place to snorkel. At night during dinner there’s a cliff diver at the Sheraton Hotel who climbs up Black Rock and dives into the ocean.

Jamie and Mike are walking ahead of us and off in their own little dream world, arms wrapped around each other, whispering, stopping to nuzzle and kiss.  Bobby and I follow several steps behind, but it doesn’t feel awkward, not really. We have so much history that it almost feels, well, normal to be together. And yet, we’re not together at all, just two people with some painful shared memories. But the islands do that, all blue water and sparkly sand, and with a burst of the trade winds everyday problems just blow away and fairy tales start to feel real.

We spend a few hours swimming and snorkeling in the clear waters, spotting beautiful, brightly colored fish seemingly right under the surface. But when we swim over scuba divers near the ocean floor, I realize how deep the water is and look around quickly for the shoreline.  Bobby is next to me in a blur asking what’s wrong.  I didn’t realize he was so close behind me.  I quickly shake my head that it’s nothing and start paddling for shore. People at the snorkel rental store had told us to walk into and out of the water backwards because of the flippers and though it wasn’t easy, it was more manageable.  I admit I was happy to have Bobby’s arm to grab onto as we walked over the rocky shoreline to flop down on our towels. And even his hand low on my back felt — comfortable.

We had a couple of hours to relax and get ready for the rehearsal and dinner party that night.  Jamie and Mike had decided to have a little intimate dinner at the hotel restaurant after a run through of their wedding vows on the beach.

I’m not sure why, but tears were stinging my eyes by the time the evening was over. The love in that room was just palpable and even though I felt a twinge of envy, I was truly happy for them. Bobby and I had easy roles — I’d hold Jamie’s flowers and he would hand over the rings when it was time. We would sign our names as witnesses. Easy peasy.  I could do this.  I just have to focus on the two of them and forget that I’m standing up with Bobby.  If only he’d stop looking at me like was dinner…

(to be continued…soon!)

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      1. Very nice Diane! love this episode

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  1. Looking forward to the next installment, and to find out what was for dinner. 🙂

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    1. Laughing, I’m not sure what’s on the menu yet!

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      1. I bet he does! lol

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  2. Nice, and I loved the last line. 🙂

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    1. Thanks, not sure what’s for dinner yet!

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  3. This is progressing nicely. I can’t wait to find out what comes next!

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    1. Thanks, this seemed like filler to me, but necessary to move to the next phase…

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      1. Not every chapter can be high drama! You’re setting us up for next time!

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  4. Over the weekend, I was actually wondering when we were going to get the next installment, 😉
    Lovely! You write so well!

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    1. Oh, Paula, thank you for saying that! I love writing…

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  5. After two walks around the block (an hour apart 🙂 ) I can’t evict the “brainworm,” “…brightly colored fish seemingly right under the surface. But when we swim over scuba divers near the ocean floor…” Superb imagery, Diane. This story is captivating.

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    1. Thanks, Roo, love your comments!

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  6. You know I was wondering about this series. It has been a while since you posted this, I thought I had missed the finale.

    Nicely done.

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    1. Thanks, no, I’m getting scattered in my writing. I fight being organized, you know, outlines, backstory, and just start writing then I lose track of where I am! Next story I’m going to make an effort to do things differently…

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      1. Balancing organization with creativity cen become a challenge. Writers have to wear so many hats while creating stories and characters. It’s no wonder we get writer’s block.

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      2. I mostly get mixed up, lol. I need charts or something. Maybe a spreadsheet!

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  7. Aw. Shucks ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ Your fault for inspiring them 😉

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  8. Ooh, the last line is the best! I hope the next is coming soon! 🙂

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    1. If I get in gear Here! Spreading myself too thin lately and I forget where I am in the stories!

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      1. It’s understandable… I have only been working on one lately. And when that ends… I have no idea what I’ll write… hahaha!

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      2. How much planning do you do when you write? Outline, life story of characters? I need to plan more I think 🙂

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      3. I think I need to plan more, too. Sometimes, I have an idea and I start with just that and see what happens… but even if I do that, at some point I reread and figure out (or try to figure out) where I’m going and write that down ASAP so I don’t forget it because my memory sucks. It’s not even really an outline… unless I make an outline from those notes. Hell, often those notes are on my phone in GoogleKeep or something.

        I never really thought I created the life story of my characters, but I just thought about that for a minute and I think I kind of do. I don’t set out to do it but for any character I’ve written, I do have their entire backstory in my head. I guess because I always have all these reasons that they are who they are.

        But… despite all of this… I usually feel like I’m winging it. 😀

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      4. Yeah, I’ve always just started writing. I think I’m going to try to be more organized about it. But since I suck at that, we’ll see how it goes! I thought I might try to do almost a spreadsheet for each story, cause my memory apparently isn’t as good as it used to be and I can’t remember all the details in the previous stories Then I have to go back and read them all, lol. I think I might print them. out, too. I know I need to do something different if I’m ever going to write something longer…Thanks for your ideas xo

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  9. I read up to Part 5 earlier and, so, went back to read Part 6 & 7. It’s great to read them seamlessly. Waiting for the next part… 🙂

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  10. Very interesting, looking forward to next installment 🙂

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    1. Thanks, Rashmi, I’m trying to get more organized on this one. How do you organize your writing on stories? Do you do an outline, back stories on characters, etc.?

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      1. I generally write an outline of each part in my notebook. I also maintain an excel sheet with the details of each of my characters, just so that I can stick to their charcteristics at all times.

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      2. Yep, that’s what I was thinking, a spreadsheet. I’ve got too many ideas going on and even I’m getting confused with the details! Thanks for the ideas!

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      3. What you can also do for all ideas is to maintain an idea box or board. Every time a story idea strikes write it down on a piece of paper or sticky note and put it into a box or pin up to your board. This way you will never lose an idea. And you can always go through the ideas and choose which one you want to work on first.

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      4. That’s a good one. I do have a bulletin board by my computer… I’ve been relying on my memory too much lately…

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      5. Yea, I used to rely on my memory a lot and then sometimes , but just can’t recall a particularly interesting idea. That’s when I started my idea board and it’s been great! 😀

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  11. You have a very easy writing style Diane, really enjoyable to read. Love the way the story’s progressing … look forward to seeing what comes next. xo 🙂

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    1. Thanks so much, I appreciate your opinion a great deal!

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      1. You’re most welcome.

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  12. A very good cliff hanger there! lol

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    1. Thanks, Jason, not sure what’s for dinner yet!

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  13. […] happened so far, but feel free to start at the beginning and read Parts 1, 2, 3, 4 ,5 , 6, 7 and 8 for the complete story, especially if you’re new to my […]

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  14. […] you’ve missed any of Lessons Learned, you can read Parts 1, 2, 3, 4 ,5 , 6, 7 and 8 for the complete story or find last week’s Part 9 […]

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